PAST RESULTS |
Phil Williams Stopped in Chicago
By Brett Mauren
Photo By Becky Olstad (www.beckyolstad.com)
February 1st, 2010
As a member of Phil Williams team in a publicist role I cant
sell myself as an unbiased source of information on Friday nights
fight (Jan. 29th). While Phil has yet to make a decision on his
future, understandably so following a dramatic loss, I am also unable
to release an official statement. Im sure several Minnesota
fight fans are curious toward Phils TKO loss to Donovan George
so I am offering an inside account of Fridays event from a
team Williams perspective, exclusively to Minnesotaboxing.com.
I was able to access the locker room at about 9:30, where Williams
was in high spirits as Jacque Davis wrapped his hands. Everyone
seemed fully prepared for the task at hand, despite a hostile pro-George
crowd. Jacque Davis had a symbol of peace ready for the Chicago
fight fans crowd in the form of his authentic Walter Payton throwback
jersey which he wore to the ring. The event was a refreshing production,
with music blaring between rounds, dancers staged at opposite corners
of the ring, just outside the gated area, and a movie theater screen
draped on the back wall, offering a close up of the action. The
arenas production definitely had the crowds enthusiasm
at high rate throughout the event.
A little after 11 oclock the preliminary bouts had wrapped
up and it was time for Williams vs George. Phil came to the ring
draped in a Tyson style cut towel, while George entered the ring
in his Greek battle helmet. The crowd support drastically favored
George, aside from a few of Phils fans that were able to make
the trip, and a group of boxing purists near ringside, who
decided to rally for the underdog. The group was even kind enough
to throw together a few pro-Williams chants.
Throughout the first two rounds Phil landed stiff jabs while shelling
up throughout Georges flurries. The first round actually looked
similar to the early goings of Phils bout with Matt Vanda
in November. In round two, however, Phils legs began to look
susceptible, as he stumbled at a few unusual points. It was as if
his legs simply were not under him from the opening bell of the
second round. I also noticed a lack of perspiration, about midway
through the second.
In the third round George turned up the heat, smothering Phil with
a relentless barrage that eventually dropped Phil through the ropes.
He took his time getting up and was able to rise to his feet before
the ten count, but again lost his footing, prompting a stoppage.
Following the fight I wasnt able to talk with Donovan George,
but he offered the routine nod to his management, and promotion
team during his post fight interview. I made my way to the locker
room where Phil, his corner team, Sean Hicman, and Davis Laque were
all located. Phil continued to repeat Im gassed, Im
fine, Im just gassed as medical officials examined him.
Members of Georges management team entered the locker room
to acknowledge Phil, and offer words of wisdom. I will be the first
to attest to the class shown after the bout by Cestus Management,
again, I was not able to speak with George himself, but his handlers
carried themselves graciously following the bout. As the locker
room cleared out Phil expressed regret in not being able to show
people the fighter he feels he truly is, but maintained a pleasant
demeanor and even had enough energy to relax and enjoy Chicago for
a bit before heading back to his hotel.
As a writer/publicist I personally hope to see Phil Williams back
in the ring, and believe he is still capable of competing at high
level, and remains in the upper echelon of Minnesota fighters. I
understand, however, that following a knockout loss there are always
uncertainties. Whatever road Phil takes following this bout I will
throw my support behind him 100%.